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The Post Box at the North Pole

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The title didn’t give away a lot for this book and the story isn’t what I expected. 
Great storyline and shows the changes to someone as they experience new things. 
I’d love the visit the North Pole Forest!!
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In a Nutshell: If only I had managed to read this in time for Christmas! This was a heartwarming read, albeit with minor writing issues. My quest for a beautiful and magical Christmas story of 2021 finally ended a couple of days into the New Year. 

Story:
Sasha Hansley isn’t a big fan of Christmas, though she loved it as a child. After her mother passed away, her dad left her in the care of her strict maternal grandma. As such, Christmas memories became dull rather than magical. But now, after all these years, Sasha has received a phone call from her dad all the way from Norway, asking her to come urgently to help him out at his Christmas-themed holiday village as the doctor has told him to slow down after a heart attack. Homebody Sasha, who hasn’t ever left the UK and hates travelling, has no choice but to leave for Norway, where she works along with her father’s right hand man, Taavi Salvesan, to get the holiday village up and running again. When she discovers sacks of letters written by children to Santa, she unknowingly sets into motion a complete image transformation for the little village. Will Sasha finally rediscover the magic of Christmas?
The story is written in the first person perspective of Sasha.

What I loved about the book:
To the ladies and gentlemen whose romantic thoughts centre around human males: May I present to you the potential fictional crush of your dreams, Taavi Salvesan! A gentle giant in the true sense of the word, Taavi is tall, muscular, gorgeous, intelligent, sensitive, caring, practical, humorous, hardworking, sacrificing, and a great cook. At the same time, he is also emotionally broken, too independent for his own good, and loves to hide under the blanket excuse of ‘I’m fine”. I loved his character and the way his heart-breaking past is shown to affect his present. His vulnerability under his physical strength was his biggest appeal.
Matching Taavi’s persona wouldn’t have been so easy but Sasha does a pretty good job. Her character is also portrayed very realistically. Though she is pint-sized, she is strong of will and heart. A lovely complement to Taavi.
If you ever make a checklist of what a Christmas romance should contain, this book will tick every single item on that list. It’s perfect for the season.
This is the third book I’ve read in the recent past that happens to be set in the Arctic Circle. And of the three, this book tackles the Arctic the best. The storyline merges the cold weather and the winter wonderland kind of feel without taking it too far. Not to forget, the Northern lights make their presence felt strongly and wonderfully.
The book is a very quick read and yet it depicts the main characters and their emotions quite well. As the focus stays primarily on Sasha and Taavi, their characters are quite appealing.
Every chapter begins with a child's letter to Santa. And these range from cute to hilarious to outright bossy! I loved every single one of these. 
In addition to the above mini-epistles, there is a whole track related to the letters that children from across the world send to Santa. This track too was heartwarming, even if exaggerated at times. 
There is a whole sub-segment about reindeer and this was so good! Perfect for Christmas!

What I found okayish about the book:
The secondary characters don’t get paid much attention throughout the story. It is mainly Sasha and Taavi. A bit more background or detailing about the other characters would have helped. Also, there are certain story elements that are left dangling. While I agree that they weren’t the prime focus of the main plot, it would have been nice to have received closure, especially on the arc connected to Taavi’s family. The father-daughter relationship between Sasha and her dad didn’t come out as believable because of this same incomplete approach.
There are many repeated phrases or actions in the character sketches. Sasha’s raised eyebrows and her giggles, and Taavi’s strong arms and his blushing cheeks, find a mention in almost every chapter they are in. There can be too much of a good thing!
A few scenes in the final quarter went somewhat over-the-top (either in terms of believability or in their saccharine sweetness.) I know I should ignore this factor considering the story and the genre, but the logical side of me still wants to complain about it. My rating was a more-or-less steady 4.5 until the final quarter.

What I disliked about the book:
This story has spoiled all chances of me enjoying any future family vacations with its description of the Christmas village. Nothing will ever match up to the extraordinary picture I built up in my head about this Norwegian Christmas destination. Sigh!

Overall, it is still a pretty good holiday romance, offering you the right combo of Norwegian chills and Christmas warmth. If you ignore the minor writing issues, it’s a gorgeous story set in a gorgeous location. Do try!

My thanks to HQ, HQ Digital, and NetGalley for the ARC of “The Post Box at the North Pole”. This review is voluntary and contains my honest opinion about the book.
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I finished another delightful Christmas novel, this one is The Post Box at the North Pole-- I was given an early copy by Netgalley + HarpercollinsHQ. Sasha is a homebody, who just lost her dead end job. After a surprising phone call from her adventure-seeking dad, she decides to go help him in a reindeer sanctuary in North Forest, Norway. She's in for some culture shock as a big, burly man picks her up from the tiny airport. They travel by sled and dogs to the North Forest 🌲. She sees the Northern Lights 🌌, helps catch Rudolph 3 🦌, and sees her dad as Santa Claus 🤶-- evidently in his element.

Tav, the big, burly man, takes her up to Candy Cane Cabin. She sees the details in the cabin, Santa's House, the post office, and more. There is a special feeling that makes her want to stay, even though she doesn't believe her nearly 80-year-old dad, who survived a heart attack, should be in freezing temperatures. Tav's commitment and determination to keep the Christmas magic alive is evident, and she and the reader begin to see him in a new light. His gingerbread waffles inspired me to make them three times this month! 🧇

Sasha comes to her own, reading letters to Santa from children world wide, and figuring out how to make an impact in these children's lives. 📬
This is a sweet Christmas romance. The redundant conversations at the end brought it down to 4 stars. It is a fun Christmas novel.
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Enjoyable love story set at a santa resort in Norway, this is a Christmas book that actually does have an emphasis on Christmas. 
I found it to be quite slow to begin with but builds up to a lovely happy ever after.
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Jaimie Admans has once again given us a wonderful magical story.

The way that the author describes the setting, detailing everything down to the sound of the silent snow falling instantly transports the reader to the North Pole Forest.

I did save this book to read in December and I am glad I did as it was such a special feeling made real by the shorter days and chilly weather.

The author creates characters with so much depth which increases the readers investment in the story.  There were so many special little things sprinkled throughout this book that its hard to say too much without giving any spoilers.  There are cabins, reindeer, santa's mail and post office - this book has it all.

I do love Jaimie Admans books and although I was granted an ebook from NetGalley to read and review I have also needed a paperback copy for my bookshelf as this is a book I intend to read in the run up to Christmases for many years.
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I don't know why, but to me "Jaimie Admans" reads as: let's make people travel for Christmas. She does it great, always, and The Post Box at the North Pole is no exception to that rule. You know how there's a certain comfort to some author's writing? Because you just know that, no matter what else, they won't let you down? Well, most often, I only have that with author's Christmas oeuvre *or* their "every other day of the year"-work. Jaimie Admans, though? She does them both - and she does them perfectly for any Sunday afternoon reading-craving!
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absolutely loved this book and couldn’t wait to go to bed each night to have a little read of it.

Having been fortunate enough to have visited Santa’s village at the North Pole this made the book more enjoyable to me as I could visualise everything and felt like I was part of the story.

The book is perfect for those that want a bit of Christmas magic on the run up to Christmas or to rekindle the true meaning of family Christmas.

I enjoyed Jaimie’s Christmas book last year about the Nutcrackers but loved this one so much more.

Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for a copy to review.
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This was a fun read and really Christmassy which is just what I needed for the Christmas period. I loved the dog sledding, reindeers and starting to believe in Santa again. The romance in this was also so sweet and made me really happy and made me wish for my own time at the North Pole Forest. 

I did think that this would have more of the letters from children though and as this was only really the start of the chapter as much as I did enjoy it I did wish that there was going to be more of them throughout the book. Even though what impact we saw the replies to the letters had made me so happy and really wish I could believe in Christmas like a child all over again. 

Fun book and one that is great if you are wanting a Christmas romance and one that will bring out the magic of Christmas from start to finish.
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The perfect festive read for little ones. Ideal fir snuggling up on winter nights. Beautiful.  Fun fir the whole family.
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4.5 Stars

A magical Yuletide romance perfect for snuggling up with, Jaimie Admans The Post Box at the North Pole is simply enchanting.

Christmas used to be Sasha Hansley’s favourite time of year. Sasha loved absolutely everything about the holidays – until her beloved mother’s tragic death. With Christmas having lost all of its magic, Sasha had begun to dread the last month of the year – until she receives a letter from her estranged father that compels her to dust off her snow boots and get on the first flight to Norway where her dad has been running a Lapland style Christmas village.

Having recently suffered a heart attack, Sasha’s dad is under strict orders to take it easy and not overdo it this Christmas – which is quite impossible during his busiest time of year. With nothing keeping her back home and desperate for a chance to reconnect with her father, Sasha decides to park all her hesitations about getting on a plane for the first time and heads off to Norway where things immediately begin to look up when she is met on the runway by drop-dead gorgeous Taavi Salvesen…

Sasha feels as if all of her childhood Christmas fantasies have come true in Norway and when she comes across sacks of mail sent by children and adults all across the world, she decides to inject some Yuletide magic into all of their lives. Helped by Taavi, Sasha begins to feel whole again for the first time in a very long while. Will she at long last find everything she had been looking for in Norway? Will Cupid’s arrow strike under the Northern lights? And will this Christmas be one Sasha will never forget?

Jaimie Admans’ The Post Box at the North Pole has everything readers could possibly want from a Christmas read: wonderful characters, charm by the bucket-load, warm-hearted humour and irresistible romance. Funny, emotional, feel-good and a joy from beginning to end, The Post Box at the North Pole is a wonderful tale of new beginnings, healing and falling in love that ticks all the right boxes this Christmas.
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I first read one of Jaimie's Christmas book last year with a lovely story about love and Christmas with the magic of a nutcracker.  This Christmas story transported me to a wonderful Christmas wonderland where I honest wish I could transport myself to.  Who wouldn't want to visit Santa's village with snow, magical Christmas lights and reindeers and with the most special post box!  Really gets you in the spirit of Christmas
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This is a delightful Christmas story with the setting of a winter wonderland called North Pole Forest in Norway. 
This book would make a great Christmas movie with it's setting as it's a nice sweet romance with family love.
The author describes the setting well so that the reader can visualise it.
A recommended Christmas read.
Thanks to netgalley and the publishers for this read.
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This is guaranteed to get you into the christmas spirit, it feels like such a magical story. It's fairly light and easy to read and the setting is literally called North Pole Forest, which goes some way to describe the feel of the whole book. It made me wish I could visit it myself. The characters felt so real and the whole thing just had a really wholesome feel to it.
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Truth be told I have been savouring this book. I really didn't want it to end. This book really is pure Christmas magic. From the north Pole forest, the reindeer sanctuary and Santa's House and grotto,  there isn't a place I would rather visit. 
Glass igloos and Christmas themed cabins and to top it all off the magic of love . .
I couldn't have asked for a better book to finish of the year with. This was pure gold for me.
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After losing her mum, and her dad travelling the world, Sasha spends most Christmases alone. That is, until she gets a call from her dad. He's had a heart attack and needs her help keeping things afloat - in a Christmas wonderland in Norway. 

Sasha's attitude did irritate me for the first part of the book, with her constant attempts to get her dad to sell up without actually giving him a say in matters. Seeing her learn to understand things as the story went on was enjoyable. 

It was a real feel good, Hallmark-esque Christmas book. With family, friends, romance and the true spirit of caring for others at Christmas and showing the importance of believing in a little magic, this was a perfect setting and got me right in the mood for the lead up to Christmas.
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The Post Box at the North Pole was definitely all I had read it should be. What a lovely start to Christmas!
Sasha receives a call from her elderly dad to say he has health issues and needs her help! He asks Sasha to travel to Norway where he runs a reindeer sanctuary..
A bit apprehensive she goes anyway! What she finds there is definitely not what she expected!
Her dad runs a Christmas Village ( failing) with his friend Tav.
After a frosty start with Tav she soon realises the true magical meaning of Christmas as together with her dad and Tav they work hard to bring The North Pole Forrest back to life.
If you only read one Christmas book this year then make it this one.
Definitely puts you in the mood and brings back Christmas magic.
Thank you HQ and Netgalley for sharing this with me.
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Sasha’s father has let her down at Christmas for many years but when he calls needing help she finds herself in Norway helping at a run down Christmas resort.  Can she embrace the festive spirit and find her own bit of Christmas magic? This is a beautifully written festive story which will make you laugh, cry and believe in Christmas miracles.
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Wow, what’s not to love about this book?

Protagonist Sasha finds herself without a job and unexpectedly in Norway after her father asks for help. I instantly liked Sasha and couldn’t wait to see what she made out of her new situation. Being taken from the airport in something other than a car was a big shock and even more so when she finds out her Dad is playing Santa. 

The setting was absolutely stunning and it absolutely made me want to go on holiday there. Candy Cane cabins, an elf workshop and a reindeer sanctuary... you name it, this place had it and it sounded magical. The whole book had such a ‘Christmas’ feel to it and it was the perfect book to read at this time of year.

I really enjoyed the character development, not just from Sasha but also her Dad and love interest Taavi. It’s a fairly long book so there was plenty of time for characters to get to know one another and for a lot to happen.
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This is one of the best Christmas stories I’ve ever read. This story will tug hard on those heartstrings.

This is a story of a woman with a broken spirit and a cynical view of Christmas. She’s never ventured out of her comfort zone and is secretly longing for the father who abandoned her shortly after her mother’s death, when she needed him most.

This is also a story about hope, about courage, and about the magic of Christmas. This is also a story about love and how beautifully fragile it is. It’s a story of Christmas miracles, reindeer and letters to Santa Claus.

I absolutely loved this book. I loved watching Sasha in her new environment and I loved watching her with Taavi. They bumped heads as much as they locked eyes with each other and couldn’t break away. Sasha really “saw” Taavi and she refused to let his walls keep her out of the one place that was off limits… his heart.

The author did an amazing job of describing the landscape and the beauty of this Nordic destination. It’s enchanting and beautiful and it felt almost like I was there with Sasha and Taavi.

I was quickly swept away in the magic and merriment of the story and its people. I laughed, cried and loved every bit of the book and I didn’t want it to end.

I whole-heartedly recommend The Post Box at the North Pole.
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The dog sleds! The reindeer! The Northern Lights! Oh my.  

The North Pole Forest and Candy Cane Cabin sound like my kind of Christmas haven and I’m never too old to believe in the magic of the wishing jar! I adored being transported to the magical Christmas wonderland of the North Pole Forest. The letters to Santa touched my heart, as did Sasha and Tav’s story (and all of the reindeer!). 

Time for me to put up some mistletoe (loved the Norwegian legend behind the mistletoe!) and kiss everyone around me for love and luck. Well done, Jaimie Admans!
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